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Tuesday, 10 June 2003 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Once Upon A Time In America function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, Tuesday Weld, William Forsythe, James Hayden, Larry Rapp, Scott Tiler, Rusty Jacobs, Brian Bloom, Adrian Curran, Mike Monetti, Jennifer Connelly release year: 1984 film rating: Four and a half stars sound/picture: Four and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren This was the last film of director Sergio Leone, who first gained fame, and then recognition, beginning with his first Clint Eastwood movie, "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964). But recognition came slowly to Leone; he was an intensely creative director, totally committed to each new project that came along, but he also chose to work in genres, primarily in Westerns, but here turned his attention to gangster films as well.
Tuesday, 20 May 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: 25th Hour function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin release year: 2002 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein “25th Hour” is a character study drama set in the crime genre. David Benioff’s screenplay, based on his novel, has juicy roles for the actors and strong character arcs, and director Spike Lee immerses us in the authentic New York environments. The movie is consistently interesting, but it suffers from its own weight. The filmmakers are so keenly aware that they’re saying something about the human condition that “25th Hour” starts to feel portentous. Its structure is solid but lacks either a feel of inevitability or any true surprise – we can appreciate the craftsmanship while feeling a bit removed from it. The film opens with the sounds of a dog being beaten. Enter Monty Brogan (Edward Norton), a confident N.Y. drug dealer who pulls ...
Tuesday, 25 March 2003 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: Femme Fatale function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Eriq Ebouaney, Edouard Montoute, Rie Rasmussen, Thierry Frémont release year: 2002 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea Throw "Vertigo," "Sliding Doors," "The Thomas Crown Affair," and "Double Indemnity" into a blender, add one leggy model-turned actor, at least two senseless plot twists, some Jungian symbolism and lavish location shooting in Paris, and you would have Brian De Palma's lackluster erotic thriller "Femme Fatale," a whole in no way better than the sum of its parts.
Tuesday, 18 March 2003 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Reservoir Dogs function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: Artisan Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen release year: 1991 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein For anyone who loves the tough-guy crime genre, "Reservoir Dogs" is its essence in a bottle, or rather a 100-minute movie. For anyone who wonders just how writer/director Quentin Tarantino became such a cultural fixture, "Reservoir Dogs" is a reminder – Tarantino’s gifts over time appear to be somewhat finite, but what he knows how to do, he knows inside and out.
Tuesday, 11 March 2003 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Swimfan function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();<br> studio: 20th Century-Fox home video MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton, Clayne Crawford, Dan Hedaya, James DeBello, Jason Ritter release year: 2002 film rating: No stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Although it was modestly successful, this teen variant on "Fatal Attraction" is pretty damned bad, and now it's difficult finding anyone who will agree to having liked it. It's handsomely photographed (by Giles Nuttgens) on attractive locations, mostly in New York, and everyone in the cast and crew acquits themselves responsibly, but the story is so familiar and the direction by John Polson so obvious, even pointlessly showy, that the movie sinks well before it can swim. Plus it has a stupid title.
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